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The Year That It Was – 2017

Another year has come to an end! On this first day of a new year, new month and a new week, the Newsletter team wish you a fantastic kick-start. We have many reasons to celebrate the year 2018; one being we will soon be one year old, but the biggest joy is each day we… Keep Reading


Impression 2017 – Club SciWri in retrospect

Club SciWri, the online blogging platform founded by scientists for scientists, has constantly endeavored to provide a platform to STEM professionals who’ve tirelessly instigated their passion for literary and/or artistic skills with the bonus of visibility. The team that runs this journal, even in the wake of organizational reshuffling in 2017, stuck to its vision… Keep Reading

Reporting from the Lab

Modeling Autism Using Stem Cells

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neuropsychiatric disorder associated with impaired communication and social interaction. Since several genetic and environmental factors contribute to the pathology of ASD, developing a model system to study ASD is extremely difficult. In a recent report published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers at the University of São Paulo,… Keep Reading


Mitra Biotech – A Pioneer in Personalized Cancer Treatment

Editor’s Note Finding a cure for cancer has been a daunting prospect for both physicians and scientists. Strides in various genomics technologies have revealed the mutational landscape of cancer and heterogeneity within tumors. Despite availability of therapies that target specific mutations, the biggest road-block has been the prediction of accurate biological response to these treatments.… Keep Reading


Organs in a dish: Are you ready for it?

Editor’s Note: What is common between the legendary movies Star Wars and Blade Runner? The most probable answer would be Mr. Harrison Ford. However, being years ahead of their time, both these movies introduced the transforming concept of being artificial in their unique ways. The R2D2 and C3PO versions of artificial intelligence from Star Wars are… Keep Reading

Face à Face

From Projects to Project Management with Dr. Cecilia Sedano

Shwetha interviews, Dr Cecilia Sedano, a Project Manager at the Biomarker division of Genentech (Biotech company based in San Francisco, California). Cecilia graduated, with a PhD from Stanford University and after a brief stint as postdoc at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, she returned to Bay Area and joined Genentech in 2015. Here, she… Keep Reading

Career Path from academic research to supporting social enterprises – Face a Face with Dr. Arun Venkatesan, Villgro

Here is our second article in line as part of our two article series on Villgro, a social enterprise incubator. The article is based on a discussion between Dr. Reetu Mehta, Vignesh Narayan, Club SciWri (CSW) and Dr. Arun Venkatesan (AV), Chief Technology Officer, Villgro. We discuss here Dr. Arun Venkatesan’s successful and trendsetting journey… Keep Reading

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